Joanne Gibson

Joanne’s MBA gives her a renewed career focus.

  • Industry: Community Services & Development
  • Mode of study: Distance Learning
  • Location: Queensland
  • Programme: MBA
  • Themes: Practicality
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills
  • Seniority: Mid-Level

created on 19/01/2015


Whilst working as a State Manager for a large insurance company, Joanne Gibson sought the next challenge in her career. Having already completed a graduate diploma, and with extensive work experience in applied finance, Joanne was looking to broaden her horizons and further her capabilities.

With limited opportunities to be challenged with her then employer, Joanne sought out external opportunities and discovered the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) MBA.

“I was in a place in my career where I was looking to be challenged and to see where further study could take me. The AIB MBA provides a variety of study options and flexibility within its course content and  structure, and this appealed to me greatly,” said Joanne.

Taking  on  the  challenge of the AIB  MBA with support from her workplace and family, Joanne is now set to graduate in November. 
“At the  commencement of  my  MBA my employers  were  very supportive, allowing me to secure days to study and sit exams as required. My family were also fantastic, doing everything they could to support me throughout the course,” said Joanne.

A disciplined approach to learning  allowed Joanne to develop personal skills as well as learn the course content.
“With the AIB MBA’s  flexibility in study, my work wasn’t compromised. I studied up to 25 hours a week and also travelled extensively with my  job. Through the process of studying with the AIB, I mastered a level of competence required to  excel.”

Joanne  attributes  the  achievement  of  both  personal  and professional  rewards  to  her  disciplined  approach  to  study.
“Throughout studying the AIB MBA I learnt a lot about prioritising, making a commitment, planning and execution.The discipline required to cover reading and content provided an opportunity to grow and develop my research skills. Working as a distance learning  student  also  brought  its challenges, and I now have an improved skill set in planning and  organising, and setting aside appropriate time schedules,” said Joanne.

Joanne now works as Senior Manager in Life Insurance Sales at Auto & General and believes she applies skills learnt from the AIB MBA on a daily basis.
“The  aspects of the program syllabus are very relevant  to current business needs and are not industry specific. From an operational sense, I have undertaken a number of different roles, many of  which have been supported by the content covered by the AIB MBA,” said Joanne.

With a renewed frame of reference, Joanne believes the hard work and discipline has paid off.
“I would absolutely recommend the AIB MBA. It is flexible with  study options, reasonably priced and has a great international reputation.”